Werewolves Within

Here is one of the best movies of the year.

It is like Northern Exposure meets Twin Peaks.

Then, Sam Richardson is the lead of this movie, and he was just in Tomorrow Man, that opened this weekend and he was one of the best parts of that movie.

Sam Richardson plays Forest Ranger Finn Wheeler, who has been transferred to the little town of Beaverfield. When he arrived, he met the postal worker Cecily Moore (Milana Vayntrub) and she shows him around his new town. There are all kinds of weird and eccentric characters living in the town.

Sam Parker (Wayne Duvall) is in town trying to convince the locals to sell him their property for a pipeline and it divided the population.

However, something mysterious is happening. The generators in town have all been slashed with what looked like claw marks. The power is out everywhere, and then Finn discovered the body of one of the local residents who had been brutally killed and apparently attacked by some unknown and unidentifiable canine.

As a way of protecting themselves, the main residents came together at a bed and breakfast and decided that there was more safety in numbers and they would stay together. This did not prevent another resident from having his hand bitten off. The remaining residents became paranoid and suspicious of everyone else, and the accusations began to fly.

This is so great. The writing of the dialogue was just beautifully done, with each line having that sharp, comedic bent to it. I laughed throughout the film and much of the laughter came from the perfectly delivered dialogue. The characters were all intriguing. Some were exceptionally charming and fit well together and others were over-the-top out there and the film does a brilliant job of fitting these all together.

You would never be certain of who was doing what in the film and the mystery got around to making just about everybody in the town look suspicious. I had no idea who was guilty or even if there was an actual werewolf involved in the story. We are not even sure if this is just a cover story for whomever was pulling this off. There are a lot of red herrings, but they all fit together at the end in a nice, tight narrative.

Sam Richardson and Milana Vayntrub are great together and have a ton of chemistry. They are a couple that have a rooting interest. Milana Vayntrub is someone who I have not seen before, but she is fantastic and is on her way to being a star.

This is a great comedy/mystery film with splashes of horror/thriller. The tone is managed beautifully and the direction creates that tone with every shot. Josh Ruben directed this and he is another director who has a bright future ahead of him.

Werewolves Within is a hoot and I loved every second of the movie. It pulled me in and kept me guessing about what was going on and the pay off was well done.

5 stars

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